Founder / Artistic Director
Yohei Sakai is a classically trained singer/choral director. He was born and raised in Japan, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts (Spanish major) in 2006. Because of his knowledge in Spanish, he obtained an opportunity to live in Mexico, where he started his formal musical training in 2010. He moved to Canada after three years of study at the National School of Music (currently Faculty of Music), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He completed Bachelor of Music in voice under the direction of Dr. Caroline Schiller in 2017, and Master's degree in choral conducting in 2019 under the direction of Dr. Jakub Martinec at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Canada.
Mr. Sakai was one of the founding members of Mexico City Gay Men’s Chorus. In St. john’s, he has been the assistant director of Spectrum LGBTQ Choir, and he founded St. John’s Gay Men’s Chorus in 2017.
Dr. Sarah Sauvé is a music scientist, currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cognitive Aging and Auditory Neuroscience Lab at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is currently investigating music perception in older adults with the goal of harnessing music to improve speech perception in older adults. Sarah completed her BMus with Prof. Timothy Steeves at MUN before pursuing her graduate studies in music science in London (UK). She’s very glad to be back in St. John’s and accompanying for the SJGMC is an excellent motivator to keep on playing!
Board of Directors
David Philpott - Chair
Colleen Fox - Vice-chair
Leo Druken - Treasurer
Kenneth Gallately - Director at large
Terry Goldie - Director at Large